The 2018 OCDS Congress will take place from Thursday, Oct. 18 to Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at the Polaris Hilton in Columbus, Ohio
The Congress begins at 7 pm on Thursday, Oct. 18 and ends at noon on Sunday, Oct. 21.
Each year, more than 300 Secular Carmelites gather for three days of prayer, reflection, learning and recreation, during a truly one-of-a-kind event. The OCDS Congress is part pilgrimage, part retreat, part formation and part family reunion. Many have said that it was when attending an OCDS Congress that they first felt part of the larger Carmelite order. The 2018 OCDS Congress will begin the evening of Thursday, October 18 and end at noon on Sunday, October 21 and include:
Each Congress attendee will automatically be entered in the door prize drawing.
One Congress attendee will win a trip for two to Avila, Spain on 206 Tours! The Carmelite Experience in Spain is a 13-day pilgrimage that visits:
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It is time to walk (es tiempo de caminar) was the theme of the 91st General Chapter of the Discalced Carmelites, Avila of Saint Teresa, May 2015. The theme is a call to action for both the contemplative and apostolic life. "It is time" provides a sense of urgency while "to walk" offers both a symbolic and literal sense of following God’s call through our call to Carmel.
As Superior General Fr. Saverio Cannistrà has said, “We cannot stay still; we cannot allow ourselves to be blocked by fears or false security. We have to begin a journey through the Church and today's world placing our trust and hope not in ourselves, but in the Lord who has promised to walk with us. It is time to walk, to be underway."
What is the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order?
Discalced Carmelite Seculars are members of the Carmelite family of the 16th-century reform of St. Teresa of Jesus. Discalced means shoeless. St. Teresa's followers wore sandals rather than shoes, a practice which distinguished them from Carmelites of the Ancient Observance. These followers are present in the modern world as friars, enclosed nuns, and Seculars.
Discalced Carmelite Seculars come from all walks of life, from every level of education and from every type of work. They are Catholic laypersons over the age of 18 (married or unmarried) or ordained diocesan priests or deacons.
There are more than 45,000 Discalced Carmelite Seculars worldwide and more than 6,000 in the United States. They gather in canonically erected communities or recognized study groups under the guidance and leadership of the order. Find an OCDS community near you.
Most Holy Trinity,
You have called us to Carmel,
and now bid us walk with Holy Mother Teresa,
and all the Carmelite saints,
with love and determination.
We ask, through the intercession
of Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
to be thoroughly transformed by your grace
until we love and do Your holy will.
Make us strong in prayer
and in our love for one another.
Infuse us with the Holy Spirit
and wake us from our slumber.
Speak through us to our world,
and enflame us with zeal
to continue on the way of perfection
and persevere through every obstacle.
May we be filled anew with the grace of Carmel,
strengthened by prayer and knowledge
and by our encounters with each other
—for it is time to walk.